Ecuador, Galapagos & Peru Discovery

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Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 5 Day/4 Night Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the M/V Legend
  • Tour of colonial Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • “North meets south” at the equatorial Monument in Quito
  • Shop at the famous Otavalo Indian Market
  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Overnight in Machu Picchu, the mystical citadel of the Incas
  • Tour Cuzco and the nearby ruins /li>
  • Visit & Dinner at the MAP Art Museum (Pre-Colombian Art Works) in Cuzco

Itinerary

QUITO | GALAPAGOS ISLANDS | LIMA | SACRED VALLEY | CUZCO | MACHU PICCHU

DAY 1 | USA | QUITO
Depart the USA abroad your flight to Quito. Meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel for overnight.

DAY 2 | QUITO & CENTER OF THE WORLD
Quito with its altitude of 9,210 feet, is surrounded by the snowcapped Andes. This city, once capital of the Inca Empire, was a base for the Spanish conquistadors. Tour the city’s treasures, including many cathedrals, churches and San Francisco cathedral. Ascend Panecillo hill for a breathtaking view of Quito and the Andes. Continue to the equatorial Monument, dividing the northern and southern hemispheres. On your visit, you’ll receive a certificate for crossing the equator. Afterwards, the day is at leisure. (B, L)

DAY 3 | QUITO | OTAVALO | QUITO
Depart Quito, for a morning visit to the colorful Otavalo Indian Market, one of Ecuador’s best shopping markets. The otavaleños are superb craftsman and weavers; the market is filled with colorful ponchos, textiles, woven belts, hats, handbags, blankets, rugs and much more. Then proceed to Peguche, an Indian village near Otavalo that is home to artisans whom weave their homes; guests can learn about their culture and daily lifestyle. Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas in the area. Overnight stay in Quito. (B, L)

DAY 4 | QUITO | GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE
embark today on a remarkable journey to the beginning of time as you transfer to the airport for the 600-mile flight to the Galapagos Archipelago of volcanic islands, five million years in the making. Board the 100-passenger M/V Legend.

M/V LEGEND Thursday
EMBARKATION - CRUISE B
M/V LEGEND Thursday
EMBARKATION - CRUISE D
Day 4: Thursday - Santa Cruz Island
◗Embarkation
◗ Black Turtle cove
Day 4: Thursday - San Cristobal Island
◗ Embarkation
◗ Interpretation Center
◗ Tijeretas Hill (D)
Day 5: Friday - Santiago Island
◗ Sullivan Bay
◗ Rabida (B, L, D)
Day 5: Friday - Española Island
◗ Gardiner Bay, Gardner, & Osborn Islets
◗ Suarez Point (B, L, D)
Day 6: Saturday - Isabela Island
◗ Urbina Bay
◗ Tagus cove (B, L, D)
Day 6: Saturday - Floreana Island
◗ Post Ofice
◗ Cormorant Point, Devil’s Crown or Champion (B, L, D)
Day 7: Sunday - Fernandina & Isabela Islands
◗ Espinosa Point
◗ Vincente Roca Point (B, L, D)
Day 7: Sunday - Santa Cruz Island
◗ Highlands
◗ Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (B, L, D)
Day 8: Monday
◗ Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
◗ Disembarkation (B)
Day 8: Monday
◗ Daphne
◗ Disembarkation (B)
Note: Cruise itinerary subject to change. Galapagos excursions are led by licensed naturalists in small groups.

DAY 8 | GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE | LIMA
Disembark today from your thrilling Galapagos Island cruise transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. overnight stay in Lima. (B)

DAY 9 | LIMA | CUZCO | SACRED VALLEY
Depart Lima on a flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival, descend to Urubamba, the sacred Valley of the Incas to visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo, renowned for its huge steep terraces. After admiring the site’s magnificent past, stroll through the quaint streets. Continue to the colorful Pisac Indian Market. Here, you can purchase a wide array of woodcarvings, local textiles and jewelry. See the beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley en route to your hotel in the sacred Valley for overnight. (B, L) *Gold & Platinum Program: (B, L, D)

DAY 10 | SACRED VALLEY
Silver Program: Day at leisure in the sacred Valley of the Incas. Optional tours are available; please inquire. (B) Gold and Platinum Programs: “Meet the children” experience plus excursion to the archeological complex of Moray and the colonial town of Maras; huge agricultural terraces.

DAY 11 | SACRED VALLEY | MACHU PICCHU
Depart the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu; assistance and transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo.

Silver and Gold Programs: Board the train to Machu Picchu; upon arrival, travel by Motorcoach to the Lost city of the Incas, discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. A guided tour takes you to the citadel, a unique and awe-inspiring experience. Lunch is included. (B, L, D) Platinum Program: Board the Hiram Bingham, the orient express luxury train, named after the man who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911. The journey of 3 ½ hours includes brunch while enjoying the spectacular Andean scenery. Arrive at the Lost citadel of the Incas; a guided tour takes you to the citadel and the extraordinary archaeological site. Afterwards, enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Machu Picchu sanctuary Lodge. (B, L, D)

DAY 12 | MACHU PICCHU | CUZCO
Wake up early this morning for the astonishing view of the sunrise over Machu Picchu – truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you would like to explore the second entrance to the citadel independently, motor coach tickets are included in the rates.

Silver and Gold Programs: Afternoon return to Ollanta by train; upon arrival, transfer you to your hotel in Cuzco. Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. (B) Platinum Program: As the sun goes down, return to the Hiram Bingham train for departure. On board, you’ll be afforded VIP treatment including cocktails and live entertainment. Then, a 4 course Gourmet Dinner in the Dining car. Your trip to Machu Picchu will be an unforgettable experience. Overnight at your selected hotel in Cuzco. (B, L, D)

DAY 13 | CUZCO
Explore Cuzco, the magical capital of the Incas. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral and the Santo Domingo convent Monastery, one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship of the sun. After walking along the narrow lanes of the old city, drive to the nearby remarkable Inca Ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Visit the Temple and Amphitheatre of Kenko and the red Fortress of Puca Pucara. Then a visit to the pre-Colombian Art Museum housed in a beautiful colonial manor; see the collection of ceramics, gold, silver, shell and wooden artifacts. Afterwards, enjoy a Gourmet Dinner at the Museum restaurant; sample the famous Novoandine cuisine. (B, D)

DAY 14 | CUZCO | LIMA | USA
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, drive through the residential district of Miraflores; see the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. Then, get acquainted with Peru’s capital city, its 2,000 years of history and colonial heritage. Visit casa Solariega de Aliaga, home to 16 generations of the Aliaga family. Tour Lima’s historical center, named a UNESCO World heritage site. Visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, housed in an 18th century colonial mansion; see the extensive collection of pre-Colombian art. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. (B, D)

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Cruise High & Low Season*

Dates 
2016 Low Season Jan 5 - Mar 28, May 15 - June 30, Sep 1 - Sep 30, Nov 25 - Dec 15
2016 High SeasonMar 29 - May 14, July 1 - Aug 31 Oct 1 - Nov 24, Dec 16 - Jan 4

Accommodations

PROGRAMS

SILVER PROGRAM BY SHARED VEHICLE
Features: All Touring and sightseeing via shared Vehicle with Bilingual Local Guides and expedition rail Tickets to Machu Picchu.
CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Quito 3 Dann CarltonStandard Room
Galapagos cruise 4 M/V LegendStandard Cabin
Lima 1 El Pardo HotelStandard Room
Sacred Valley 2 Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & WellnessColonial Room
Machu Picchu 1 Sumaq HotelSuperior Deluxe Room
Cuzco 2 Aranwa Cuzco Boutique HotelClassic Room


GOLD PROGRAM BY PRIVATE CAR
Features: All Transfers, Touring and sightseeing via Private car with Private Guide and Vistadome Rail Tickets to Machu Picchu | Additional VIP Amenities

CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Quito 3 Hilton Colon QuitoDeluxe Room
Galapagos Cruise 4 M/V LegendJunior Suite
Lima 1 JW Marriott HotelStandard Ocean View Room
Sacred Valley 2 Sol y Luna Hotel Casitas
Machu Picchu 1 Machu Picchu Pueblo HotelSuperior Deluxe room
Cuzco 2 Libertador Palacio del Inca Hotel


PLATINUM PROGRAM BY PRIVATE CAR
Features: All Transfers, Touring and sightseeing via Private car with Private Guide and hiram Bingham orient express Train to Machu Picchu.

CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Quito 3 Casa GangotenaPlaza View Room
Galapagos Cruise 4 M/V LegendBalcony Suite
Lima 1 Miraflores Park HotelExecutive Ocean View Room
Sacred Valley 2 Sol y Luna HotelCasita Deluxe
Machu Picchu 1 Sanctuary Lodge HotelPreferential Room w/ View & Terrace
Cuzco 2 Monasterio HotelDeluxe room with Oxygen Service

Land & Cruise Package Prices Per Person

Monday Departures
Valid through August 2017
SILVER PLAN TWINSINGLE
Low Season
Starting From:
$5,784$8,061
High Season
Starting From:
$5,899$8,233
GOLD PLANTWINSINGLE
Low Season
Starting From:
$7,671$10,872
High Season
Starting From:
$7,832$11,113
PLATINUM PLANTWINSINGLE
Low Season
Starting From:
$11,148$16,202
High Season
Starting From:
$11,352$16,508

For departures in 2016, contact our Destination specialists for assistance. Please call for International Airfares in Domestic and Business class.
*Prices are based on a minimum of 2 persons traveling together. Prices are not valid during certain holidays. Local Ecuadorian and Peruvian Departure Taxes, Local rail Taxes and Local Airport Taxes (for each air segment) are not included. For departures in 2016, contact our Destination specialists for sailing dates. Itinerary subject to change.

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